The Highest Tribute: MJR&L at 20 (2014)

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September 19, 2014

Full video recordings of Symposium content are available here:

Invitation Message​

“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” Writing in 1972 in Furman v. Georgia, Thurgood Marshall set the bar for students and scholars of race and law. Twenty years ago, students at Michigan Law embraced Marshall’s challenge and from their efforts the Michigan Journal of Race & Law was born.

Please join the Michigan Journal of Race & Law and the Michigan Law Program in Race, Law & History on Friday, September 19, 2014, for a day-long event to mark the Journal’s first twenty years. We will look back at the Journal and its leadership in the field. We will also launch the Journal’s next twenty years, highlighting new directions in scholarship at the intersection of race and law. Program participants include Michigan Law alums Todd Aagaard, ’97, Jasmine Abdel-Khalik, ’00, Jeannine Bell, ’99, Guy-Uriel Charles, ’96, Gabriel “Jack” Chin, ’88, Meera Deo, ’00, Matthew Fletcher, ’97, Luis Fuentes-Rower, ’97, Elizabeth Hinson, ’11, Emily Houh, ’96, Travis Richardson, ’96, Tom Romero II, ’04, Hardy Vieux, ’97, Adam Wolf, ’01, and keynote speaker Dr. Mary Frances Berry, ’70.

Since its founding, the Journal has been a platform for the exploration of issues relating to race, law, and civil rights. It is recognized for publishing cutting edge scholarship that is innovative and probing, including critical race theory, law and economics, immigration, education, criminal justice, and beyond. The Journal takes pride in the many perspectives it embraces, publishing the views of scholars, students, practitioners, and social scientists. Today, the Journal is nationally recognized as a leading journal in the field of civil rights.

This conference is a collaboration between the Michigan Journal of Race and Law and the Program in Race, Law & History, and is made possible through the support of the Institute for the Humanities, and Faith (A.B. ’69) and Stephen (A.B. ’66, J.D. ’69) Brown.


Aaron Walker
Michigan Journal of Race and Law    

Martha Jones
Associate Professor
Co-Director, M-Law Program in Race, Law & History


Full Schedule and Speakers List

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
All sessions to take place in 1225 South Hall

Breakfast and Registration
8:30-9:00 A.M.

Panel I: Beginnings
9:00-10:15 A.M.

Moderator: Matthew Fletcher, ’97, Professor of Law and Director if the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law

Todd Aagaard, ’97, Associate Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law

Emily M.S. Houh, ’96, Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of the Law of Contracts, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Travis Richardson, ’96, Richardson & Mackoff

Hardy Vieux, ’97, Martin & Gitner PLLC

Panel II: Changes
10:30-11:45 A.M.

Moderator: Matthew Tannenbaum, Associate Editor, Race and Curriculum Committee

Regulating Brands: Disparaging Trademarks
Jasmine Abdel-Khalik, ’00, Associate Professor of Law, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law

The Declining Utility of “Hate Crime”
Jeannine Bell, ’99, Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

The Shadows of the Roberts’ Court Selective Racial Memory: Reclaiming History for a Multiracial Metropolitan America
Tom I. Romero, II, ’04, Assistant Provost of IE Research and Curricular Initiatives and Associate Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Lunch Break
12:00-1:15 P.M.

Panel III: Futures
1:30-2:45 P.M.

Moderator: Britney Littles, Associate Editor, Race and Curriculum Committee

Mainstreaming Equality in Federal Budgeting: Addressing Education Inequalities with Regard to the States
Elizabeth K. Hinson, ’11, King & Spalding

Functionally Suspect: Reconceptualizing “Race” as a Suspect Classification
Lauren Sudeall Lucas, Assistant Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law

Blackness as Character Evidence: The Strategic Use of Racial Stereotypes in Establishing an Individual’s Propensity for Violence
Mikah K. Thompson, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law; Osman & Smay, LLP

Panel IV: Legal Academia
3:00-4:15 P.M.

Moderator: Emily M.S. Houh

Empirically Investigating Law Professors and Leaders of the Future
Meera E. Deo, ’00, Associate Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Law Reviews and the New Counterrepublics
Luis E. Fuentes-Rohwer, ’97, Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Guy-Uriel Charles, ’96, Charles S. Rhyne Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law

Justice and Law Journals
Adam Wolf, ’01, Wolf Law
Gabriel “Jack” Chin, ’88, Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Scholar, University of California Davis School of Law;

Keynote Address
4:30-6:00 P.M.

Historical Myopia, Excessive Individualism and Remedies for Race Discrimination: The Work that Must be Done
Mary Frances Berry, ’70, Ph.D. ’66, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania​​​